Visions from the Inside & Peekskill Film Festival!
Join us for a spectacular day, celebrating the opening reception of Visions From the Inside– the next installment as part of the WORD exhibit! 15 Artists from across the county bring you a visual art project inspired by the letters penned by detained migrants! Several of the artists behind this incredible project who will be present to discuss their work, including Mata Ruda, Gabrielle Tesfaye, and Jess X Chen!
Jess X Chen will be performing her poetry alongside Demian DinéYazhi’ at 2 pm as part of Solastalgia (see below for details).
Visions From the Inside is an illustration project to highlight the personal costs of detention and the resiliency of the human spirit of migrants. The project is based on letters written by detained women and children at the for-profit detention center in Karnes County, Texas that illuminate their courage through their own words. This project was a collaboration between CultureStrike and the migrant-rights advocacy groups Mariposas Sin Fronteras and End Family Detention. These visual art interpretations were commissioned by CultureStrike and created by a diverse lineup of 15 visual artists from across the U.S. The painful letters describe the journeys of migrant detainee mothers and their children, as well as the conditions they experience while in immigration custody. In the last couple of years Central American migrants, including many unaccompanied minors, have sought refuge in the United States. Those who survive the dangerous trek from Central America through Mexico are often apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol and placed in detention, with little or no legal counsel, while they wait to see whether they will be allowed to stay in the United States with their families. Unfortunately for many, this journey ends in deportation back to the country from which they were escaping. We need a world without borders and detention centers! In the meantime, artists and migrants across the globe will continue to imagine the possibilities through culture and action. Check out this video, which was filmed in Oakland as part of the project!
Solastalgia is a queer eco-feminist poetry tour featuring the transdisciplinary works and performances of Chinese-American migrant artist Jess X. Chen and Indigenous Diné artist Demian DinéYazhi’. Through poetry and public art, their work embodies the form of time travel and recalls narratives of queerness, love, trauma, fantasy, and survivance. Their work is a reclamation of inherited lands, ancestors, and cultures lost to post-apocalyptic colonial violence. Through poetry they create indigenous and immigrant futures in the time of our current ecological collapse.
HVCCA is also hosting the Peekskill Film Festival in-house from 12 to 4 pm, concurrent with the Visions from the Inside opening reception, followed by live poetry readings by Gerald Stern and Cindy Beer Fouhy from 4 to 6 pm.
Visions from the Inside Artists include:
Micah Bazant • Jess X Chen • Rose Jaffe • Dolly Li • Chucha Marquez • Fidencio Martinez • Francis Mead • Breena Nuñez • Zeke Peña • Favianna Rodriguez • Mata Ruda • Julio Salgado • Gabrielle Tesfaye • Rommy Torrico • Robert Trujillo
CultureStrike is a national organization that empowers artists and social justice movements to dream big, disrupt the status quo, and envision a truly just world rooted in shared humanity through art. We believe cultural work is key to creating systemic change.
End Family Detention is a digital library composed by a network of families, volunteers, pro bono lawyers, social justice organizers, and digital activists dedicated to raising awareness and promoting action to end family detention.
Mariposas Sin Fronteras is a Tucson, AZ based group that seeks to end the systemic violence and abuse of LGBTQ people held in prison and immigration detention.
The Peekskill Film Festival will be screening three films at HVCCA from 12 to 4 pm:
Last Train to Babylon, 2016, Director: Luis Ayala
The Usual, 2014, Directors: Robert Cafarelli and Troy Peterson
Evergreen, 2015, Director: Beatrice Copeland
Tickets: $10. Proceeds to benefit the cultural programming of The Field Library, the major source of information for the City of Peekskill. Workshops are free of charge.
About the festival:
The Peekskill Film Festival (PFF) was founded to promote film literacy in the vibrant and historic Hudson River city of Peekskill, NY, and is an important opportunity to view new works by emerging filmmakers, including features, shorts, documentaries, animation and student work. In 2016, the PFF will also concentrate on Black and Hispanic filmmakers and themes, featuring films sorely overlooked in more conventional festivals. Through informative workshops, and networking opportunities, The PFF will facilitate educational and career-oriented programming for students of film and filmmakers. The festival hopes to introduce, involve and immerse youth from underserved communities of color to a world where they, too, can contribute and create. The Peekskill Film Festival gives up and coming filmmakers, writers, actors and producers a chance for their work to be shown in a festival setting, provides exposure to award winning films and performers who reflect the diversity of the city of Peekskill, promotes film literacy through workshops and lectures, providing participants a chance to see important, overlooked, and often excluded works of film, and start dialogues to create and network!
For more information, visit: http://peekskillfilmfestival.org/